17 Feb 2012 - QA 2

Guruji, you just mentioned about the stream of thoughts. Is there anything we can do to stop or reduce the bombarding of thoughts?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Thoughts are part of your consciousness; they come and go.

Now, how to get rid of thoughts? There are four ways.

One is when you are shocked. If you get a shock, even an electrical shock, your mind goes blank. I don’t want you to do that (get an electrical shock) and get to that (state)! Every shocking incident creates blankness in your mind.

Second is music. If you are singing, if you are participating in music, then also thoughts become less.

Any strong emotion can bring down the number of thoughts at that particular time.

The third is exercise.

And the fourth is with pranayama and deep meditation.

Still, if you are bombarded with too many negative thoughts, know that something must be wrong with your bowel movement. Do Shankh Prakshalan (intestinal cleansing). That would also help. It will make your mind much calmer. But pranayama and meditation is the best.